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The Can of Worms skirt

Sometimes sewing projects go to plan. And sometimes sewing projects seem like they are really simple, and then get more, and more, and more complicated… I’m sure you can guess which one this is from the title! The Can of Worms skirt didn’t even start out as a skirt.   It started out as a dress that looked like this: I bought the dress while op-shopping with Lauren of Wearing History after Costume College last August.  It wasn’t quite right: the zipper was a terrible mess, and it needed a sway back adjustment (SBA). But the fabric was amazing: hand worked embroidery, indigo dyeing and reverse appliqué.  I suspect it’s Hmong in origin. So I bought it, figuring I’d put in a zip, do a quick SBA, and everything would be fabulous. Haha.  Famous last words. I bought it in early August, but didn’t get around to altering it until mid November, by which time I’d entirely forgotten about the SBA. So I unpicked the terrible zip, realised that the stitching holding the skirt to the waistband was ridiculously …

A circular cardigan with a geek twist

In my last post I showed off my 1950s inspired circular cardigan, which manages to look far more glam than a cardigan ought to. When I was finishing the cardigan I discovered that it isn’t just limited to looking glam.  It’s also great for… …pretending to be a Jedi knight! While I’m only showing you the cardigan now, I actually finished it back in December, just when A New Hope was in the theatres.  I tried on the mostly-finished cardigan for a friend, and she ‘ooohed’ over the flipped down collar and the swishy hem, and then I flipped up the collar to show it could also be a hood, and she practically fell over laughing, saying I looked like I should be in Star Wars. Obviously, with a comment like that, I had to do a Star Wars photoshoot.  I put out a call for a lightsaber, and the amazing Nina came through with not only a lightsaber, but also a half-scale Stormtrooper and a Darth Vader for me to have an epic battle with. I seriously …

A circular cardigan with a vintage twist

Last spring I bought myself some delicious Karen Walker wool-blend knit in camel brown, and I immediately thought it would be perfect for a circle cardigan. I envisioned something with a bit of a 1950s twist, with the fold-down of the circle mimicking a shawl collar, and the volume of the cut evoking a late 50s swing coat, with the goal being to elevate the cardigan from ‘slouchy wear around the house wear’ to ‘looking glam while still being super comfy’ status. Mission accomplished! I used an altered version of the sleeves from my cardigan pattern, and then did the rest based on a few measurements and some trial and error. The fabric had a lovely picot edged selvedge, so I used it to form the binding – much simpler to accomplish than a full folded binding, and I love the way it looks. I’m wearing the cardigan with a Stella skirt, a commercial blouse that I love because the neck pleating reminds me of a lei, and one of my Grandmother’s hats. The photos are from our last ‘yes …